Sport Mae Young, superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers, has died aged 90

Female emancipation has taken many forms, but few as gaudy and violent as the breakthrough largely pioneered by Mae Young, better known as "the Great Mae Young," superstar of the first generation of professional women wrestlers in the US, who conclusively gave the lie to generalisations about the gentler sex. In sport records are made to be broken, but Young's feat of appearing professionally in eight different decades may never be surpassed.

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Letter: Opera dilemma

Sir: The Royal Opera House audiences are certainly not all "plutocratic diva devotees" (leading article, 13 October). If your leader writer had mingled regularly with the keen music lovers in the amphitheatre as well as other areas of the house, he would have seen that they were ordinary people in ordinary dress from all walks of life, there simply to enjoy the superb performances.

Tiny diva without the flummery

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Review: Celina Gonzales Royal Festival Hall: Cuba's diva rocks them in the aisles

SIX MONTHS shy of her 70th birthday, Celina Gonzalez is the hot rockin' mama of Cuban country, a diva who had her first hit, the timeless "Santa Barbara", 50 years ago and who arrives on our windswept shores trailing international awards.

Arts: Scratch a diva, and we all bleed

Marky Mark has stewed in the limo for 30 minutes. I'm flying out of the door when the phone rings. I answer. There's no preamble: "That bitch! That cheap, wig-wearing, slipping at the box-office bitch!"

Girls and girls come out to play

The pink pound is getting pinker still, as lipstick lesbians spawn a whole new market. The new-look gay girl has a disposable income and she's not afraid to use it, says Cayte Williams

Not over till the fake ladies sing

OPERA: You thought divas were women? So did Jenny Gilbert, until she discovered La Gran Scena, New York's drag-opera troupe

Gigolo girls offer safe encounters with lesbian love

There's a new growth area in the 'escort' business, discovers Vanessa Thorpe - women for women

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